More YA Dystopia, You Say?
Matched by Ally Condie
[#14 in the 52 Book Challenge]
I’m about three books behind in my challenge. Fail!
I’ll start by saying that I liked this book. You could give me any YA dystopian novel and I would be happy. It’s sort of my favorite genre.
However, I wanted to throw the book against a wall when I was done. Not in the same way that I wanted to throw Twilight against a wall, but I was ticked off. That’s because nobody told me this book is part of a trilogy. The second book, Crossed, comes out in November.
The story is about Cassia, a young girl living in a super-controlled society that is very reminiscient of the societies in The Giver, 1984, and City of Ember. Cassia attends her match banquet at the beginning of the novel, where she is to see the face of the boy that the government has chosen her to be matched with. The face she sees is the familiar face of her best friend, which makes her very happy. However, Cassia sees a second face as well. Suddenly she realizes that the government may have made a mistake. There may be a flaw in their system. Cassia has never been given choices or options, but this mistake forces her to question if that is the best way to live.
Can you say LOVE TRIANGLE? Condie sets it up perfectly, but the triangle is very similar to the one in The Hunger Games. I didn’t know who to root for. Sweet Xander, who has been Cassia’s best friend for life, or the rugged abberation, Ky. The story is dripping with romantic (and sexual) tension, even though it is very PG in nature.
I was rolling right along with this one, enjoying myself, until I hit the last thirty pages and realized that there would not be a satisfying ending. It can’t even be read as a stand alone book because all of the loose ends are left loose. Condie has certain procured my $10.99 for the second book, and probably the third, because now I have to know what happens.
If you are interested in this one, my recommendation is to wait until November so you can go directly into the second book, Crossed, without having to wait!